Things to do in Townsville

You’ll be surrounded by water in the Townsville region, from the crystal-clear Coral Sea and Great Barrier Reef to tumbling waterfalls in lush national parks. Discover Townsville’s offshore jewel, the delightful Magnetic Island, or check in to an exclusive resort on secluded Orpheus Island.

Great Barrier Reef

Discover the secret side of the Great Barrier Reef with a day trip to dive or snorkel at remote, uncrowded reefs. The SS Yongala, one of the world’s best wreck dives, is accessible from Townsville or Ayr. You can even experience the Great Barrier Reef on land with a visit to Reef HQ near the city centre. It’s home to the world’s largest living coral aquarium, a turtle hospital and a number of conservation programs that the whole family will enjoy.

Islands

There’s an island for everyone close to Townsville: Magnetic Island for families, Hinchinbrook Island for adventure-seekers and Orpheus for couples. On family-friendly Magnetic Island, look for rock wallabies, and members of one of Australia’s largest colonies of wild koalas. Test yourself and hike the famous Thorsborne Trail on Hinchinbrook Island; relax in absolute luxury or snorkel over a giant clam nursery on Orpheus Island. For the ultimate fishing adventure, take a helicopter to a deserted island for a private heli-fishing safari.

Nature and History

There’s plenty to discover on the mainland as well. Marvel at Wallaman Falls, Australia’s highest single-drop waterfall that’s almost 270m tall, and visit one of the many national parks in the region. Hike up the goat tracks to Castle Hill, the striking pink granite monolith overlooking the town, or discover some of the other walking, hiking and mountain-biking trails that cover the region. The Townsville region also has a rich WWII history, including the Forts Walk on Magnetic Island and Jezzine Barracks on Kissing Point headland.



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Beach House Motel

North Ward, Townsville Area
From AU$105 - 360
Beach House Motel is a family owned and operated motel right in the heart of the Townsville Strand. It is surrounded by a wide variety of local attractions and activities and is only a short walk to the restaurant and cafe precinct.

Central Holborn Apartments

Townsville City, Townsville Area
From AU$105 - 170
Situated in the newly developed Central Precinct, Central Holborn by Vivo Property is new and stylish serviced apartment complex offering variety of modern and spacious one, two and three bedroom fully self-contained apartments.

Island Leisure Resort

Magnetic Island, Townsville Area
From AU$139 - 249
Island Leisure Resort is a small boutique resort. Their self-contained Polynesian bure-style units have a kitchen, air-conditioning, ceiling fans, television and outdoor dining patio. The resort is immersed in one acre of beautifully landscaped tropical gardens with a huge lagoon pool and spa.

Beachside Magnetic Harbour Apartments

Magnetic Island, Townsville Area
From AU$245 - 400
Beachside Magnetic Harbour holiday apartments are located on the marina in Nelly Bay Magnetic Island. With ocean, harbour and parkland views from these near new luxury one, two or three bedroom apartments you will be sure to have a happy and memorable holiday on this island paradise.

Base Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island, Townsville Area
From AU$10 - 125
Base Backpackers is located right on the beach and is the only place to Stay and Play on Magnetic Island There is a choice of dorm rooms at Base from mixed dorms to the female sanctuary dorms which includes a sanctuary pamper package on arrival.

Kernow Charters Towers

Queenton, Charters Towers Area
From AU$165 - 310
Kernow Charters Towers offers a high standard of one and two bedroom serviced apartments with a unique, homely, heritage feel and a bit of history thrown in. Set on 200 acres and only five minutes from the centre of the town, the 15 newly refurbished apartments have King and Queen beds throughout, and all bedrooms have ensuites.

Sails on Horseshoe

Magnetic Island, Townsville Area
From AU$170 - 290
From the door of your apartment, it is a short across the road to the golden sands of beautiful Horseshoe Bay. Sails has one-bedroom and two-bedroom fully self-catering units all of which have a separate lounge/dining area and a balcony or garden with table and chairs for alfresco dining.

Mercure Townsville

Currajong, Townsville Area
From AU$109 - 299
Mercure Townsville is set amidst 11 acres of tropical gardens on the shores of Lake Curralea. Ideally located, it is popular with guests from Australia and overseas. The 162 well appointed rooms offer free WiFi, views across the lake, swimming pool or lush tropical gardens, and provide all the amenities needed for a holiday or business trip.

Castaways Resort and Spa, Mission Beach

Mission Beach, Cassowary Coast Area
From AU$134 - 489
Castaways Resort and Spa Mission Beach is your absolute beachfront escape in the tropics. Idyllically bound by the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage Wet Tropics Rainforest, Castaways is the perfect destination for couples, families with children and groups of friends.

Big4 Beachcomber Coconut Holiday Park

South Mission Beach, Cassowary Coast Area
From AU$43 - 230
With 14 kilometres of white sandy beach and a view of Dunk Island at the front, and the tropical rainforest and Cassowary conservation area at the rear, Big4 Beachcomber Coconut Holiday Park is perfectly positioned for your holiday.
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